Water Safety for the Whole Family

2015-May-Education---Water-Safety-for-FamilyOne of the best activities of summer is going to the beach, or hanging out by the pool simply cooling off while splashing around with the kids. But do you feel as though you and your children are safe when near the water? According to the Center for Disease Control, “About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.” This statistic is important for every parent or caretaker to know and take precautions when enjoying the pool, lake or ocean.

You can help prevent drowning and teach your kids to be safe by following these tips.

Invest in swim lessons. Every member of the family should go through swimming lessons with a qualified teacher before being allowed to enter the water. Even your littlest ones can benefit from early, guided exposure to water to lay a foundation for later swim training. Kids who are confident around water are more likely to stay calm and know what to do in the event of a scary situation.

Teach kids to always ask permission before going near any type of water – pool, lake, creek, or ocean.

Have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for every member of the family. Make sure that young children and new swimmers always wear their life jackets when in or near water.

Put up a secure fence or other barrier around the pool.

Get kids actively involved in learning about water safety. There are lots of resources available for teaching kids about the dos and don’ts of playing in and around water in a way that interests them. We love this interactive educational game from poolsafety.gov, “The Adventures of Splish and Splash.”

Stay educated. Take this Water Safety Quiz from the American Red Cross and see how solid your knowledge is when it comes to best water safety practices.